Register to vote

You must be registered in order to vote. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.​​​​​​​
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How to register to vote

European Parliamentary Elections

The registration deadline to vote at the European Parliamentary election has passed.​
You need to be aware of the following deadlines:
  • ​Deadline to register to vote – midnight Tuesday 7 May
  • Deadline to apply for a postal vote – 5pm Wednesday 8 May
  • Deadline to apply for a proxy vote – 5pm Wednesday 15 May
  • Polling Day – Thursday 23 May​

Newham Electoral Services requires canvassers

Are you interested in earning some additional money in your spare time?

If so, Newham Electoral Services are looking to recruit canvassers to help update the 2019/20 electoral register.

The canvass process:
  • September and October - canvassers will be required to visit all properties in their allocated area to obtain information from residents regarding who is resident at the property using a tablet. 
Payments will be made for each individual form delivered, as well as information collected by way of personal calls, with payment based according to the number of forms completed. All payments will be made in December.

For further information please contact the electoral services team on 020 3373 2793 or email by Monday 16 September 2019.

New electoral canvassers required - stage 3 visits (PDF)​

The annual canvass​

During August we send a household enquiry form (HEF) to every household in Newham to find out if the information on the electoral register is up to date.
The form has the Government's 'Your vote matters, don't lose it' logo printed on the envelope.
It is a chance for you tell us if:

  • someone has moved out
  • someone has moved in
  • someone's details have changed
  • no one at the property is eligible to register
  • the property is empty.

You must respond to the form, even if all the details for your household are correct. The form will tell you how to do this. It will also include a security code in case you decide to respond online, by text or by phone.

If your name is not on the form, you can use the Government's register to vote service, however you must also complete the household enquiry form. If you don't, we will send you reminders until you fill it in.

Register to vote (or update your details)

You can use the Government's register to vote service to:
  • get on the electoral register
  • change your details (your name or address)
Make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand.


​Why you should register to vote

  • The electoral register is used by credit reference agencies to check your name and address if you are applying for credit.
  • If your name is not on the register, you may not be able to get credit, a mortgage or a mobile phone contract.
  • Schools may use the electoral register to check that you live within the their catchment area.
  • We may check the register when you request a resident’s parking permit.
  • It is a criminal offence to refuse to complete the registration form or to give false information, carrying a fine of up to £1,000.

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote if you are 16 years of age and over, resident in the UK and you are:
  • a UK citizen
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • a citizen of the Irish Republic
  • a citizen of the European Union (EU)
  • not legally excluded from voting.

European Union (EU) citizens

If you are a citizen of an EU country other than the Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus you are not entitled to vote in UK parliamentary elections, but you are eligible to vote in European parliamentary, local council and mayoral, London Assembly and London mayoral elections. 

Expatriate UK citizens

If you are living outside the UK, you may register to vote in UK and European parliamentary elections for up to 15 years since you were last registered on the electoral register at a UK address or as a service elector.

The electoral register

The electoral register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote. We make and keep two versions of the borough’s register of electors – a full version and an edited version.

Full register

The full version of the electoral register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. By law, it can only be used for electoral purposes, prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you apply for credit. It is a criminal offence to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

Edited or open register

The edited version of the register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked to be excluded from it. It is available for sale and can be used by anyone for any purpose. For example, direct mailing companies may use it to send you information about goods and services.

Removing your details from the public register

You can choose not to have your details on the open register. You should mark your preference when you apply to register to vote.

When we update the electoral register

Between January and September we update the electoral register with any changes on the first working day of the month. This allows you to tell us that your details have changed throughout the year.

Between September and December we close the register while we hold our annual review. We publish the revised electoral register on 1 December.

Inspecting the electoral register

You can inspect the full version of the register at Stratford library Stores and Archives. To book a one-hour appointment, telephone 020 3373 6881.

You may take handwritten notes but you are not allowed to photocopy pages of the register.

Petitions for a referendum

You can petition us if you would like us to hold a referendum on changing the way Newham is governed (from a directly elected Mayor to a committee system).

Your petition must be signed by at least 5 per cent of those registered to vote in local government elections in the borough. 

The number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on 15 February 2019 is 10,286.

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2020 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2020. If this number is less than 10,286, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2020 shall also be that lower number.
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  • Electoral Services
    Room 38
    Newham Town Hall
    Barking Road
    E6 2RP

    020 8430 2000

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